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Gamble pays off for sun-chasing Solly

he attacEthan Solly following Thomson’s premiership win over Inverleigh. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Marcel Berens)

ETHAN Solly knew it was a gamble.

A mid-season trip to Thailand to escape the depths of winter isn’t conducive to holding your spot in the team, especially when you have only four senior games under your belt.

But an impressive performance in Thomson’s reserves in the final round against North Geelong was enough to earn a recall for the qualifying final loss to Bell Post Hill.

“I went away a couple of weeks before finals, so it was a bit of a push to get my spot back,” Solly said after the Tigers’ upset 30-point win over Inverleigh in the GDFL Grand Final

“I’m very glad they put their faith in me to come in and have a good finals series, and I think I’ve had a pretty good run.

“I don’t have any words for it at the moment. I’ll let it sink in … it’s an amazing journey.”

Solly was one of Thomson’s best in the defeat by the Panthers, before impressing in the semi-final and preliminary final.

Against Inverleigh on Saturday, the attack on the ball that earned the 24-year-0ld his opportunity in the Round 10 win over Geelong West was on display for all to see, and no one was prouder of Solly than co-coach Brent Taylor.

“That’s the reason why we want him here,” Taylor said.

“The first couple of finals he just thought he was having a kick, he didn’t realise it was a final and that it was a big occasion and a big game … he had no idea.

“He is just playing footy, he attacks and tackles. He has people looking where he is coming from because he hits contests hard.

It’s see-ball, win-ball.”

Twitter: @tom_king79

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